Politics

ANALYSIS: The elephant in an almost-empty Miners’ Hall

ANALYSIS: The elephant in an almost-empty Miners’ Hall

Last night a whopping 28 Rosslanders showed up at the Rossland Chamber of Commerce/Rossland Telegraph-sponsored all candidates’ forum at the Miners’ Hall, most of them the sort of highly-engaged and informed locals who regularly play their parts in the life of this community and all of whom entered the room last night with a well-developed sense of who they’ll vote for and who they’ll not. So not much was accomplished.

Final few opportunities to grill Nelson/Creston candidates

A chance to see how the Nelson/Creston candidates feel about Health Care Thursday at the Hume Hotel.

Two final opportunities to grill candidates in the Nelson/Creston riding on their views heading into the 40th B.C. Provincial Election, Tuesday, May 14, are on the slate for Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, candidates Michelle Mungall (BC NDP), Sjeng Derkx (Green Party of BC) and Greg Garbula (BC Liberals) tackled the Education topic in a forum hosted by Trustees of the SD8 Board of Education.

OPINION: An update after disappointing Castlegar All Candidates Forum

OPINION: An update after disappointing Castlegar All Candidates Forum

Update:

Unfortunately, the really big news coming out of last night's All Candidate Forum in Castlegar was that less than one per cent of the Greater Castlegar population attended – roughly 55 people.

UPDATE: NDP incumbent Conroy responds to critical Kootenay Savings letter

UPDATE: NDP incumbent Conroy responds to critical Kootenay Savings letter

Update:

Letter to the Editor:

On May 7, President and CEO of Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Brent Tremblay, wrote a letter to local media outlining his concerns with the proposed capital tax on financial institutions that the NDP has discussed implementing if we win government on May 14. Firstly, I want to thank Brent for expressing his concerns and, having met and discussed this issue with him, I understand that as CEO he is responsible for the wellbeing of KSCU and its members.

Nelson City Council meeting May 6: tax exemptions for community groups, new zoning rules, the politics of arts and culture, Hall St. improvement

Nelson City Council meeting May 6: tax exemtions for community groups, new zoning rules, the politics of arts and culture, Hall

Hall St. Improvements: new consultant at public open house Thursday

Council has hired a consultant, the MMM Group, to develop the plans for the improvements to the Hall Street corridor. The consultant’s preliminary ideas for the project will be on display at a public open house on the second floor of city hall on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30.

Advance Polls for BC Election open Wednesday (May 8)

The District Electoral Office is located in the City of Nelson building on Ward Street.

The 40th B.C. Provincial Election may be a week away — Election Day is Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — but voting to see which party will form the next government begins Wednesday with Advance Voting.

Here is some information that will make voting a little easier.

Advance polling stations:

In the riding of Nelson/Creston there are five polling stations opened from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Wednesday (May 8) to Saturday (May 11).

- Nelson —  Best Western Baker Street Inn, 153 Baker Street.

COMMENT: What ails B.C.'s democracy?

COMMENT: What ails B.C.'s democracy?

Trivia time: who was the last leader of the BC NDP to lead his party to more than 45 per cent of the popular vote in a provincial election?

One would have to go back six leaders and eight elections to 1979 when Dave Barrett won 45.99 per cent of the popular vote and still lost the election to Bill Bennett and the Social Credit party.

Generation Squeeze Campaign: A Better Generational Deal?

Generation Squeeze Campaign: A Better Generational Deal?

CBC Radio recently aired an interesting interview on with Dr. Paul Kershaw, an associate professor in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC, who has started an initiative called Generation Squeeze. We’ve all either heard of or personally experienced the Boomerang Generation, where children we thought we had successfully launched into the world return to our family homes, usually for economic reasons.

Liberals narrow margin on NDP says Ipsos Reid poll

Liberals narrow margin on NDP says Ipsos Reid poll

An Ipsos Reid poll taken in the days following the leaders’ debate shows positive movement for both the BC Liberals and leader Christy Clark.

The NDP lead among decided voters has fallen from 19 points at the start of the campaign to 10 points today.

And Adrian Dix’s lead over Christy Clark as Best Premier has fallen from 13 points to just 3 points today.

The poll says the NDP continues to have a sizeable lead in terms of voter support in BC, but their lead has declined considerably since the start of the campaign.

Nelson/Creston candidates respond to education funding

Green Party candidate Sjeng Derkx answers a question with Michelle Mungall of the NDP (center) and Liberal Greg Garbula looking on during Friday's debate at Trafalgar Middle School. — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette, Trafalgar Middle School

The stretch run is on for the May 14 voting day in the 2013 B.C. Provincial Election.

Friday the three Nelson/Creston candidates — incumbent Michelle Mungall of the BC NDP, Liberal Greg Garbula and Sjeng Derkx of the Green Party of BC — received a taste of the electorate will be wanting when the trio entertained questions from students at Trafalgar Middle School.

This week’s The Nelson Daily poll question for candidates Mungall, Garbula and Derkx also deals with education in the province.

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